The Birth of Barry
Hit/Miss Afternoon And Evening T-Storms
The broad area of low pressure that has helped ignite a few heavy thunderstorms across the region, even isolated severe weather, is now shifting into the Gulf of Mexico. This area of low pressure will combine with a tropical wave over the eastern gulf. The combination of these features will lead to a tropical depression off the coast of Alabama over the next 24-36 hours. Conditions over the northern gulf remain quite favorable for intensification, so this future depression can easily become tropical storm Barry before this weekend. Steering winds will keep this system away from the Chattahoochee Valley, aiming it more for Louisiana or the upper coastal bend of Texas this weekend.
Closer to home, a downward trend in thunderstorm activity will likely take place Wednesday afternoon due to the storm over the gulf intensifying. Meanwhile, a cool front will approach from the northwest later this week before stalling just to our north. This entity will lend toward more thunderstorms during the afternoon and early night hours once again later this week. Said front will then dissipate this weekend, followed by less thunderstorm activity once again.